SIOUX FALLS - Honey production in 2012 from South Dakota producers with five or more colonies totaled 17.0 million pounds, up 3 percent from 2011, according to the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service, South Dakota Field Office. South Dakota ranked second in the nation for honey production, behind North Dakota.
There were 270,000 honey producing colonies in South Dakota during 2012, up 8 percent from 2011. Yield per colony was 63 pounds per colony, down from 66 pounds per colony in 2011. Producer stocks were 3.74 million pounds on December 15, 2012 down from 4.29 million pounds a year earlier.
Prices for the 2012 crop averaged 194 cents per pound, up from 170 cents in 2011. Prices were based on retail sales by producers and sales to private processors and cooperatives. Total value of honey produced in 2012 was 33.0 million dollars, up 18 percent from 2011.
Opening acts set for Brown County Fair
John Michael Montgomery is among three opening acts who will perform at the Brown County Fair.
Montgomery will open for Justin Moore on Aug. 15, the fair board announced on March 21. The next night, Chancey Williams and the Younger Brothers Band open for Brantley Gilbert. On Aug. 17, Katie Armiger will take the stage before Gretchen Wilson.
Montgomery had seven songs that, in the mid-1990s, topped the county charts, including "I Swear," "Sold (The Grundy County Auction Incident)" and "I Can Love You Like That." Other popular songs of his include "Life's A Dance" and "Beer and Bones."
Fair tickets go on sale June 14. General admission seats are $45, reserved grandstand seats are $65 and stage front seats are $70. Ticket packages include all three concerts, admission to the Dacotah Stampede Rodeo on Aug. 12 or Aug. 13 and the demolition derby on Aug. 18.
Bankers say farm income helping rural economy
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - Bankers in 10 Midwest and Plains states expect the rural economy to continue growing in the months ahead because of the strength of farm income.
The overall economic index on the March Rural Mainstreet survey remained at a healthy level of 56.9 even though it was down from February's 58.2.
Any score above 50 on the index, which ranges from 0 to 100, suggests growth in the months ahead. Scores below 50 suggest contraction.
Creighton University economist Ernie Goss oversees the report. He says the survey suggests farmland values will continue to grow and home sales are beginning to grow.
The index is based on a survey of rural bankers in Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming.
XTO Energy pulls app for land near historic ranch
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - An oil company that staked out an area near the site of Theodore Roosevelt's historic Badlands ranch in western North Dakota has withdrawn an application to the state to develop the land for up to four oil wells.
State Mineral Resources spokeswoman Alison Ritter says XTO Energy late Thursday notified officials of the decision to pull the application, which had drawn criticism from officials at Theodore Roosevelt National Park. Superintendent Valerie Naylor called the possible wells the worst threat to the park in its history.
Roosevelt raised cattle at the Elkhorn ranch site in the mid-1880s before becoming the nation's president. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places last year.
Mineral Resources officials had been scheduled to discuss the XTO Energy plan at a hearing this week.
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